TV on laptop

  the hick 19:47 28 Aug 09

My daughter is off to college soon, load of info. in post today, including a leaflet inferring a TV licence now needed for a laptop. On closer reading, it states, for 'live TV'. I assume this means broadcasts at same time as real TV sets receive? Not too clear to me and I suspect others! Finally, doesn't live TV have to be paid for to watch on a laptop?

  johnnyrocker 20:04 28 Aug 09

it may be referring to the use of tv players the companies now advertise?


  the hick 20:28 28 Aug 09

Johnyn, I reckon you're right. I was also wondering, how a detector van knows when someone is watching live TV on a laptop?

  GaT7 20:39 28 Aug 09


'Students - Why you should buy a TV Licence' click here

'Do you need a licence to watch TV on your computer?' click here

Seems to be OK if one uses it to only watch repeats? See this Times article 'How to dodge TV licence fee: just watch repeats on your computer' click here. G

  interzone55 21:05 28 Aug 09

"I was also wondering, how a detector van knows when someone is watching live TV on a laptop?"

That would depend how they were watching the TV.

If using a USB tuner dongle then it would be found in the usual way by tracking devices receiving TV signals.

If watching by one of the online services then it can be tracked from the server.

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